Luxembourg: The live auditions ahead of Eurovision 2024 have begun!

Luxembourg is returning to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2024 after 30 years. As such, the Duchy’s public broadcaster decision-makers have the difficult task ahead of them of finding the delegate and the song that will represent Luxembourg in Malmö.

Thus, yesterday, Wednesday 22 November, the live auditions for the selection of Luxembourg’s representative at Eurovision 2024 started. These auditions will serve to select the finalists for the national final from which the artist representing the Duchy at the 68th edition of our favourite competition will emerge.

Jury Committee

A panel of five people with experience of the Eurovision Song Contest has the first and last say in the selection of the artists who will compete in the national final in Luxembourg. This panel is made up of the following:

Christer Björkmann, who is a Swedish producer and TV presenter as well as a former Eurovision participant (Sweden 1992). Björkmann has also served as Head of Delegation for Sweden, has produced the Contest in 2013 and 2015, where it was hosted in Sweden, as well as the only American Song Contest to date in 2022.

Jan Bors, who has served as Head of Delegation for the Czech Republic.

Cesár Sampson, who has represented Austria at Eurovision in 2018, taking first place in the jury vote. Sampson will also play an active role in the Czech national selection this year, as artistic director and presenter of the national final.

Alex Panayi, who is considered a Eurovision expert. Panagi has represented Cyprus at Eurovision twice, in 1995 and 2000. In recent years, he has acted as Vocal Coach for many Eurovision entries and was also the vocal coach for Helena Paparizou in 2005.

Tali Eshkoli, who is an Israeli television producer. Eshkoli was a producer for Eurovision 2019, has also worked on the Miss Universe 2021 contest held in Israel and has been a jury member for national selections of various countries over the years.

Source: RTL/Steve Muller

The auditions

During these auditions, candidates have just ten minutes on stage to convince the jury that they are the right act to represent Luxembourg. Several performers struggled with anxiety, to the point where they had to restart the audition several times.

Speaking about the process, ESC producer and jury member Tali Eshkoli described the excitement as “huge”, while her colleague Christer Björkmann agreed that Luxembourg had waited too long to return to the competition. The jury now has a “big responsibility and a huge challenge” to find the right candidate and get the best possible performance from each artist who takes to the stage during the auditions.

Source: RTL/Steve Muller

The auditions continue until the beginning of December, when the list of candidates who will compete in the national final in Luxembourg will be announced. The Duchy’s national final will take place on 27 January and will give the people of Luxembourg the chance to choose the song and artist who will represent them at the 68th Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö in May, 31 years after their last performance in 1993.

Will Luxembourg continue its successful run at Eurovision?Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all the news!

Source: RTL

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